Piece of Cake (TV series)
The series is based on the 1983 novel Piece of Cake, by Derek Robinson. In the book, the squadron is equipped with Hurricanes. The relative rarity of airworthy Hurricanes in the late 1980s precluded their use in the television series.
The squadron depicted is the fictional Hornet Squadron, which is equipped with Supermarine Spitfire fighters, and deployed to France, where it waits out the Phoney War in comfort and elegance, until the German attack on Western Europe in May 1940. One by one, nearly all of the original pilots are killed and as losses mount, the character of the squadron changes from a casual nonchalance to a fight for survival. By the end of the series, only four of the original fourteen officers have survived.
Some of the major themes explored in the script include: the snobbery and class-consciousness that existed in the RAF during the era; the belief cherished by many of the pilots that the war would be fought as a sporting gentleman's contest; the inflexibility and ineffectiveness of the tactics used by RAF Fighter Command in early 1940 and the poor gunnery skills and inadequate training of many of the British pilots in the early days of World War II. Like Robinson's original novel, the story spans the first year of the war, from September 1939 to the German Luftwaffe's first massed aerial assault on London on 7 September 1940.
Subject: Another excellent 80's British mini-series
The time frame is more or less the same and in fact, several of the actors are in both series but I found this one a little more entertaining.
Produced by London Weekend Television, one of my most favorite production companies of the 80's it shows a little more attention to detail than did "Wings" although it was very well done as well.
I'm amazed by the material that has been uploaded by Noah as much of it was unknown to me....and I have seen quite a lot.
The quality is about what you might expect from a recorded-from-TV or a not brand new VHS....but definitely watchable.
Thanks again Noah